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August 3, 1940

Pneumoconiosis (Silicosis): The Story of Dusty Lungs. A Preliminary Report

JAMA. 1940;115(5):408-409. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810310066029

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The authors state that this booklet was written free from the bias of writers who are familiar with the literature. Professing to have this unfamiliarity, they then promptly belie their statement with intimate descriptions of work of others and pay tribute to the past teachings of many, particularly in the roentgenology of silicosis. The book claims to present revolutionary and novel ideas. The only novelty discovered was the introduction of inept lay terms to take the place of technical nomenclature which has stood up well and has been understood by technical persons, including the authors. In order to study and to understand the metabolism of inhaled silica particles, phagocytosis and fibrosis, it is not necessary to be led "on a travelogue of dust flecks." The naive omission of the proved etiology and mineralogy of silicosis, covered so adequately by Gardner, and the total ignoring of the role of tuberculosis in

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